Career Opportunities

Our graduates are spread all over the world, holding positions in the humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice fields.

Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

The Foundation for a Successful Career

A strong theoretical and practical knowledge of the applicable international legal framework is essential for working on contemporary challenges related to armed conflict and other situations of violence, peace negotiations, human rights protection, or transitions from violent conflict or oppressive rule. Operating in such complex environments requires a solid understanding of the content and structure of the law, as well as its limits.

By providing the necessary tools to apply the international legal framework to these challenges, our master's programmes form specialists in the fields of international humanitarian law (IHL),  international human rights law, international criminal law and transitional justice.

In-House Career Advice

Our students can benefit from in-house career advice and counselling provided by our Coordinator of Professionalizing Activities. They have also access to the Graduate Institute’s career services – notably the career workshops and individual CV check and interview preparation meetings.

Staying in Switzerland

Our LLM and MTJ students can extend their residence permit for up to six months following the completion of their programme (July to December) to undertake an internship or temporary assignment related to their studies in a Geneva-based organization, and/or look for a job in Geneva or Switzerland.

Preparing your Career

Career Advice   >

During the year, our students benefit from the Career Services of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Internships   >

Our LLM students have the opportunity to acquire first-hand professional experience via internships with Geneva-based humanitarian and human rights actors

Practical Work   >

The Master in Transitional Justice combines high-level academic education with real-world practice, allowing students to develop the transferable skills necessary to succeed in the professional world.

Moot Courts   >

Our LLM students can participate in two moot courts, the prestigious Jean-Pictet Competition on international humanitarian law and the Nuremberg Moot Court Competition.

Our Masters

Yemen, Aden, Kreiter. A civil rescue service volunteer takes a break from pulling out trapped people and dead bodies from beneath the rubble.

LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights is one of the most innovative and intellectually challenging programmes in international humanitarian law and human rights offered in Europe today.

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Guatemala, photos of disappeared on a wall

Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Our Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law is designed for young professionals who want to acquire high-level academic education and real-world practice in the field of transitional justice, human rights and the rule of law.

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Syria, Aleppo, Sheikh Massoud neighbourhood, near the frontline. Fighters of the Free Syrian Army.

Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict

Our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict is one of the few part-time, innovative and intellectually challenging programmes in international humanitarian law and human rights offered today.

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